Verrill Dana, LLP

Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Excellent group of knowledgeable litigators who have deep expertise in medical malpractice and insurance coverage cases. Also singled out for their strength in complex business, IP, contract, product liability and construction-related disputes. Routinely called upon by healthcare systems to advise on alternative dispute resolution and litigation reduction techniques.

Strengths One client remarks: "The firm is willing to go the extra mile for their clients. It works like a well-oiled machine, but none of it seems impersonal. Each member of the team knows their role and I can 100% count on them to do their jobs and more."

Interviewees describe the firm's practice group as an "excellent litigation department with top-tier trial lawyers who are well respected by colleagues and the judiciary for their experience, skill and fearlessness."

Work highlights Acted as lead counsel in defense of the Town of Greenwich and the Town of Greenwich Board of Education in a wrongful death case.

Notable practitioners

Robert Ruesch is noted for his handling of a wide range of construction, design and surety disputes. He serves as cochair of the firm's construction law group. Sources describe him as a "top-notch" and "very practical" advocate.

The highly experienced Harold Friedman represents corporations and individuals in a variety of complex commercial disputes, including antitrust cases, construction litigation and product liability claims.

Karen Frink Wolf is regarded as go-to litigation counsel for physicians, hospitals and healthcare professionals, centering her practice on medical malpractice and professional liability defense. Sources say: "She is meticulous in her preparations and fabulous with physicians. She is extremely effective and knows the medical malpractice arena inside and out."

Trial group chair Martha Gaythwaite is a "first-rate lawyer." She offers particular excellence in product liability defense, with recognized experience of cases relating to aviation, agriculture and medical devices.